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New Delhi, Feb 20 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 1 pm: DEL22 BIZ-LD PM Centre, states need to work closely to boost economic growth: PM New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday made a strong case for repealing archaic laws and making it easier to do business in India, stating that the centre and states need to work closely to boost economic growth.

NATION DEL6 VIRUS-LD CASES COVID-19: India records 13,993 new cases, highest in 22 days New Delhi: Daily COVID-19 cases in the country climbed to about 14,000 after nearly 22 days taking India's tally to 1,09,77,387, while the recoveries surged to 1,06,78,048, according to Union Health Ministry data updated on Saturday.

DEL1 PM-STATEHOOD DAY PM Modi greets people of Arunachal, Mizoram on statehood days New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday greeted the people of Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram on their statehood days and heaped praise on their culture and traditions.

DES1 RJ-PETROL-GEHLOT Gehlot attacks Modi govt over rising fuel prices Jaipur: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Saturday said fuel prices have been increasing for 11 days and the common man is suffering as a result of 'wrong' economic policies of the Centre.

MDS1 KL-KHARGE-GOVERNMENT No compromise on issues affecting common man, says new LoP Thiruvananthapuram: Opposing the government just for the sake of doing so was not his style of functioning, new leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge said, but made it clear there would be no compromise on issues affecting the common man.

BOM2 MP-CHOUHAN-HOSHANGABAD Hoshangabad in MP to be renamed as Narmadapuram, says Chouhan Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has announced that Hoshangabad city in the state would be renamed as Narmadapuram and a proposal to that effect would be sent to the Centre.

DES4 JK-ARREST Two militant associates of LeT arrested in J&K Srinagar: Security forces have arrested two militant associates of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) outfit and recovered incriminating materials from their possession in Bandipora district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said on Saturday.

DES3 UP-LD POLICE-112-CARS Soon small cars in UP 112 fleet to reduce emergency response time Lucknow: Smaller cars will soon replace some bigger SUVs used by Uttar Pradesh police's 112 emergency service to improve response time to distress calls and enable teams to access congested areas and narrow lanes faster, a senior official said.

BUSINESS DEL21 BIZ-FM FM urges industry to unleash animal spirits; make India fastest growing economy New Delhi: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday exhorted India Inc to unleash animal spirits and bring in fresh investment to make India one of the fastest growing economies of the world.

FOREIGN FGN13 US-CLIMATE-LD KERRY World's biggest emitters like China, India, Russia, need to step up and lower emissions: Kerry United Nations: The world's big emitting countries, including China, India, Russia and Japan need to “really step up” and begin to lower greenhouse gas emissions, US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry has said as he called on all nations to raise their ambition to fight against climate change. By Yoshita Singh FGN8 US-2NDLD TANDEN Joe Biden's Indian-American nominee to lead budget faces challenge to her confirmation Washington: Indian-American Neera Tanden, US President Joe Biden's nominee for the position of Director of White House Office of Management and Budget, is facing a challenge to her confirmation after Democratic Senator Joe Manchin announced that he would vote against her over 'overtly partisan statements'. By Lalit K Jha FGN14 VIRUS-US-BIDEN-2NDLD PFIZER Biden believes US will be approaching normalcy by end of this year Washington: President Joe Biden has said that he believes the US will be approaching normalcy by the end of this year as the country races to deliver coronavirus vaccines to millions of Americans. By Lalit K Jha FGN7 US-AUSTIN-AFGHAN-TROOPS No hasty or disorderly withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan: US Defence Secretary Washington: Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin has said that the US will not undertake a hasty or disorderly withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan, stressing that violence must decrease now in the war-torn country and more progress is needed in the Afghan-led negotiations. By Lalit K Jha SPORTS SPF8 SPO-CRI-NZ-STEAD-WC New Zealand to travel with 20-member squad to T20 World Cup in India Wellington: New Zealand coach Gary Stead has said the team could travel to India for this year's ICC World T20 with a 20-member squad because of the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. PTI CK